Month: March 2011

Rite Aid pharmacy robbed

A man robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy in Keizer Thursday afternoon, and police are still seeking out the suspect. According to a report called in at 12:21 p.m., a white male walked up to a pharmacy window at the store, located at 5452 River Road N., and demanded a “controlled narcotic,” Keizer Police Sgt. Greg Barber said. He passed a note indicating he had a weapon, Barber added. Staff gave the man an unspecified item from behind the counter, and then he fled, Barber said. Police described the suspect as a six-foot-tall white male of medium build with a mustache, goatee, and long sideburns.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the word “Billabong” printed in white letters on the front. He was also wearing blue jeans and a white baseball cap with printing on the left side of the cap.  The suspect was also wearing sunglasses. Anyone with information can contact Keizer Police at...

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Redecorating on a recession budget

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Redecorating doesn’t have to cost a fortune and, for many, spending a large amount isn’t an option as the recession puts a pinch on the pocketbook. But Keizerite Cheri Miller discovered not too long ago that refreshing her physical environment can come with a small price tag, if one has the time and drive to find the right pieces. “It’s amazing what you can find at second-hand stores or online,” Miller said. In the past week, I found three lamps that were perfectly usable and in great condition for less than $20,” she said. The only thing new in Miller’s sewing room is the flatscreen television she uses to watch HGTV for ideas. She and husband Randy salvaged much of the furniture in the cozy retreat from garage sales or through Craigslist. “We bought a bookshelf for $25 and repainted it, another piece was an entertainment unit that Randy added a shelf and molding to,” she said. It now serves as a partial base to her cutting table. “It makes me feel good to know I didn’t have to spend thousands of dollars to redo a room.” Miller caught the design bug after she retired and started visiting garage sales every Friday. It grew as she discovered finds at Goodwill and online classified sites like Craigslist. Later, she began combining second-hand treasures...

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Wrestlers nab spots in national tourney

Five McNary wrestlers traveled to Battleground, Wash., the last weekend of March to compete in a regional Freestyle/Greco Tournament and two came back as placers. Mason Ross placed third in the Cadet Greco Tournament (215 lbs) for anyone born in 1995 or 1996. Devin Reynolds also placed third in the Greco Tournament at the Junior Level  for 16-year-olds or older enrolled in high school. Both qualified to represent Oregon later this year in the national tournament slated in Fargo, ND. Other wrestlers that participated were Jeremy Lowe at 140 lbs (Junior), Joel Hunter at 285 lbs (Junior), and Andy Downer at 130 lbs (Cadet). The freestyle and greco differ from the type of competition wrestlers see in Folkstyle wrestling as part of a high school. Freestyle and Greco are the recognized international forms of wrestling that are used in the Olympics and World Championships, both are known for being explosive and highly competitive. Greco is limited to only upper body maneuvers and tends to involve lots of throws and big point moves. “We are still working our way through the rule changes from Folkstyle and learning how our moves score and sometimes, how what we do leads to points for the other guy,” said Jason Ebbs, head coach of McNary wrestling...

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Keizer actor uncovers resonant theme in Pentacle Theatre’s Rent

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Rent is one of those plays that tends to divide audiences sharply. Some get turned off by the spectacle, others are less than thrilled offended even by some of the content. But with a number of performances under her belt as Joanne Jefferson, one half of a lesbian couple in the Pentacle Theatre’s production, Keizerite Heather Dunkin finds herself focused on one message that seems more timely than ever. “I am constantly getting caught up in the confusion of, ‘am I doing what I should be, should I be more successful by now, should I give up?’ And, as much as I hate it, I am constantly fighting a sense of regret for choices I have made or where things have ended up that are outside of my control. This show encompasses living for today, forgetting about the past, not regretting, and just ‘being,’” Dunkin said. The play focuses on a group of friends living the bohemian lifestyle in New York and the trials and tribulations of love, friendship and disease, AIDS specifically. As expected, responses to the show, which ends its run Saturday, April 2, have run the gamut, but its been largely positive Dunkin said. “We have also received a great deal of support from folks who have never been out to Pentacle before. I really feel like I am...

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